Mata backs De Gea after Man Utd draw with Chelsea

Hazard appears to be in the final days of his Chelsea career

Hazard appears to be in the final days of his Chelsea career Credit GETTY IMAGES

They got a last-minute goal [through Ross Barkley] and it is what it is, but if you look back at that game, we performed well for most of it.

That result has left Champions League qualification in their own hands, with the Blues also chasing down a possible route into elite continental competition through the Europa League. So the season, at the moment, is good.

Sarri did caution that the improvement Chelsea require to be able to compete with City and other title contenders would not come instantaneously and that they need time to improve.

"We could have won by more distance, I'm so happy for the victory and now we have a week to prepare and hopefully we arrive at Brighton with the chance to be champions", said Guardiola.

Chelsea are now locked in a tussle with Arsenal and Manchester United for fourth place and a spot in next year's Champions League, with the Red Devils making the visit to London to face Chelsea on Sunday.

Chelsea will play the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

A defeat for Chelsea could see them surrender their fourth position on the league and wave goodbye their hopes of Champions League football next season.

"There is City, there is Liverpool, and then the other teams. Of course, if we want to move the ball so fast, we need more movements off the ball". Asked if it might be better to drop him, Solskjær responded: "You think so?"

De Gea has now only managed to keep two at Old Trafford this term, which is the lowest of any team in the Premier League.

"It's one of those days and we must dust ourselves down and win the next two".

Chelsea scored a stoppage time equaliser to salvage a point against Manchester United during the reverse league fixture between the sides that ended 2-2 at Stamford Bridge in October.

For all of their intricate play in midfield and solid defensive outings (at least in recent weeks), Sarri must find a way to reignite Chelsea's attack if they're going to be genuine title contenders next season.

"I think that's normal, that can happen".

"And I think that it was a strong discussion but my opinion has to remain on the pitch".

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